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Program B: Incarceration

Program Authorization: R.S. 15:821-840.2 and R.S. 36:401-409

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Incarceration Program is to provide for the custody, control, and care of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of the laws and implementation of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, staff, and inmates.

The goals of the Incarceration Program are:

1. Maximize public safety through appropriate and effective correctional custodial and supervisory programs.

2. Provide for the safety of correctional staff and inmates by maintaining an organized and disciplined system of operations that promotes stability in the institution.

3. Ensure that basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, and shelter are provided to the inmate population.

4. Provide the maximum available bed space allowable by the State Fire Marshal, Department of Health and Hospitals, American Correctional Association requirements, budgeted resources, and good correctional practices.

5. Protect the investment by the state in the facility by providing an adequate maintenance program for all buildings and equipment and by following Division of Administration property control regulations.

The Incarceration Program encompasses all security and related costs. It also includes other services in keeping with the goal of providing for the custody and care of persons committed to the department's custody, such as the classification of inmates and related record-keeping, provision of basic necessities such as food, clothing, and laundry services for the inmate population, maintenance and support of the facility and other equipment, and Project Clean-Up. Project Clean-Up, a cooperative effort between the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Corrections Services, and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), involves inmate crews for litter pickup and DOTD work crews for mowing and litter collection. The project is a direct result of the commitment by Governor and Mrs. Foster to improve the appearance of roads and highways across the state.

1. In FY 1998-99, the Incarceration Program will provide for the secure confinement and support of offenders committed to that institution while maintaining a safe working environment for staff.

SECURITY TRENDS AT DWCC

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of inmates per corrections security officer

3.67

3.6

3.6

3.6

3.6

5.0

Number of escapes

0

0

1

0

3

0

Number of apprehensions

1

0

1

0

3

0

Number of major disturbances

Not Available1

0

2

0

1

0

Number of minor disturbances

Not Available1

44

52

44

38

28

Number of assaults:

a. Inmate on staff

b. Inmate on inmate

 

Not Available1

Not Available1

 

7

293

 

13

291

 

23

257

 

7

254

 

6

190

Number of sex offenses

Not Available1

82

70

139

64

51

1 Data for this indicator were not compiled during this fiscal year.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with state general fund, interagency transfers, and fees and self-generated revenues. The interagency transfers are derived from the Department of Transportation and Development for security costs associated with providing inmate road crews. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the following: (1) employee purchase of meals; (2) funds received from the Claiborne Parish Police Jury and the towns of Haynesville and Homer for reimbursement of salaries of correctional officers who supervise inmate work crews; (3) funds received from the inmate canteen to cover the administrative cost incurred in managing the inmate canteen account; (4) funds received from telephone commissions; (5) funds received from employees for housing; (6) medical co-payments required to be received from inmates for certain medical visits and prescriptions; and (7) E.A. Conway Hospital for supervision of hospital prison ward.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$15,383,606

$15,865,792

523

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$110,878

$110,878

0

 

Carryforward for major repairs

 

 

 

 

 

$15,494,484

$15,976,670

523

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($110,878)

($110,878)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for acquisitions

($364,690)

($364,690)

0

 

Non-Recurring Startup Supplies for Forcht Wade

($305,766)

($305,766)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$585,766; Replacement/New: +$280,000)

$261,757

$261,757

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$196,920

$196,920

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($138,349)

($138,349)

(5)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

($401,521)

($401,521)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($61,128)

($61,128)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($200,000)

($200,000)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

$879,364

$879,364

(17)

 

Salary, Operating Services and Supply costs associated with the opening of Forcht Wade to full capacity

$640

$640

0

 

Adjust interagency transfers with the Department of Public Safety for radio user fees

$415,852

$415,852

0

 

Master Sergeant pay and Corrections Security Officer retention pay plans

 

 

 

 

 

$15,666,685

$16,148,871

501

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$172,201

$172,201

(22)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 84.7% of the total request ($19,070,749) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the costs associated with the opening of Forcht Wade. The personnel reductions are due to the elimination of five (5) vacant positions. The elimination of the 5 vacant positions along with the attrition adjustment and the reduction of other line items are recommended to fully fund the 501 recommended positions. The position reduction of 17 positions is due to the delayed opening of Forcht Wade. The 17 positions will not be needed in Fiscal Year 1999 due to the phasing in of the functions of the Reception Center and the Special Needs Unit for the elderly. However, the 17 positions will be necessary in Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$840

 

User fee for radio system - Department of Public Safety

 

 

 

$840

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$280,000

 

Replace one wrecker and various pieces of security, kitchen and maintenance equipment; repair water tower and renovate control center by adding an additional exit for personnel

 

 

 

$280,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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